POMPANO, FL — On Tuesday, March 13 at 3pm Medical Marijuana literally hits the road in South Florida. Two 48 foot billboards urging passage of medical marijuana for Floridians will be unveiled. Strategically placed on Pompano’s busiest thoroughfare Sample Rd between Powerline Rd and Military Trail, just across from Costco, these signs carry a potent message.
The giant billboards are sponsored by The Silver Tour, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating senior voters about medical marijuana. The Silver Tour’s founder, and Director of NORML of Florida, Robert Platshorn is the man who convinced Lake Worth Representative Jeff Clemens to file Florida’s first bill for medical marijuana in Tallahassee. The billboards are part of a three prong plan to push for the passage of medical marijuana in Florida.
The Silver Tour has been doing live shows at senior communities and reform Temples in South Florida. The shows feature doctors, nurses, patients, lawyers and politicians who support legalization of medical marijuana. A recent show in Boynton Beach at Temple Shaarei Shalom was featured in the local press, local TV stations, CNN and streamed live around the world. Robert Platshorn, known to older South Floridians as the leader of the Black Tunas, spent 30 years in federal prison for importing pot back in the 70’s. His memoir, Black Tuna Diaries inspired his role in the hit feature documentary, Square Grouper which will be aired on Showtime starting on April 20th. Platshorn, once a famous pitchman, was called “the secret weapon for legalization” by the Village Voice website, Toke of the Town.
Platshorn, an old hand at TV infomercials, plans to put The Silver Tour on commercial TV stations and cable networks across the state before going national with his campaign. His last Silver Tour show generated hundreds of phone calls and letters to Florida legislators from senior voters demanding “legal safe access” to medical cannabis. More live shows and billboards are planned to support the TV campaign.
The Silver Tour is non-profit organization, supported by contributions from citizens and businesses who believe that Florida should join the 16 states and D.C. that have already made medical marijuana available for a host of ailments. Seventeen more states including Florida are considering medical marijuana legislation this year. These first two billboards were donated to the Silver Tour by Charles Stroud, a disabled Pennsylvania truck driver who has good reason to believe deeply in the efficacy of marijuana. More information is available at www.thesilvertour.org. Supporters can contribute on the site.
Press Conference-3pm Tuesday, 13 March, All Star Sports Bar & Grill, 2201 W. Sample Rd, Pompano, Fl.
At the press conference the press will learn about future events and plans for legalization. They will be able to interview Robert Platshorn, several current Florida cannabis patients, including Irv Rosenfeld, the Ft. Lauderdale stockbroker who receives 300 joints a month from the federal government for the treatment of tumors. Also on hand will be Charles Stroud who donated the billboards, Jeff Kennedy and his attorney Michael Minardi who has successfully used the “medical defense” to protect Florida patients indicted for using cannabis to treat serious medical conditions.